ABOUT ESTANCIA DE ANIMAS
Bethshean Mexico Mission is located in Estancia de Animas, México
The town of Estancia de Animas is approximately a 2 hour drive due west of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, which is north of Mexico City. It is situated on a high, flat plateau with an average elevation of 6,000 feet and has a resident population of approximately 4,000.
Ninety percent of the houses in Estancia are made of adobe with surrounding adobe walls. Estancia de Animas is influenced by the local steppe climate. There is little rainfall throughout the year. The climate here is classified as BSk by the Köppen-Geiger system. The temperature here averages 62.06 F. The rainfall here averages 17.4 inches.
Estancia de Animas was first established as a railroad station where people brought their cattle to load onto the boxcars. The original name of the town was Estancia de Animales, which translated means Station of Animals. When the town began to grow up around the railroad station people did not want their town to be known as the Station of Animals so they changed the name to Estancia de Animas, which means Station of Souls.
Mexicans are generally warm and friendly. They are known for their carefree attitude and capacity to enjoy life. Life in Mexico revolves around the family, which takes priority above everything else.